Steve Jobs joins George Washington, others in TIME's most influential Americans list

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Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was named one of the 20 most influential people in American history according to a TIME feature released on Tuesday, and sits alongside the likes of George Washington, Henry Ford and Albert Einstein.

The TIME report names 20 "trailblazers, visionaries and cultural ambassadors who defined a nation" in chronological order with Jobs rounding out the list as the most recent "influential American."

TIME calls Jobs the "high priest of the computer age" and runs through a brief history of Apple and its products, and the tech guru's ultimately life-ending battle with pancreatic cancer.

From Steve Jobs' short TIME bio:
There was always something of the monkish seeker about Steve Jobs, from his days as a part-time student at Reed College in Oregon, through his Wanderjahr in Asia to his pursuit of perfection in the dazzling products he and his colleagues created.
Jobs was a visionary whose great genius was for design: he pushed and pushed to make the interface between computers and people elegant, simple and delightful. He always claimed his goal was to create products that were ?insanely great.? Mission accomplished.
Steve Jobs


The usual suspects like Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford and Martin Luther King Jr. populate the rest of the top-20 while noted pugilist and outspoken racial equality proponent Mohammed Ali is both the only athlete featured and last living list member.
TIME's 20 Most Influential Americans

Influential Americans
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Sacagawea, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
Abraham Lincoln
Sitting Bull
Alexander G. Bell
Thomas Edison
Henry Ford
Wright Brothers
Margaret Sanger
Albert Einstein
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Louis Armstrong
James Watson
Martin Luther King Jr.
Muhammad Ali
Steve Jobs
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  • Reply 1 of 44
    enjournienjourni Posts: 254member


    I'm amazed that this list doesn't include Walt Disney.

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    Einstein wasn't american.  In fact, he was bribed (if you can call it a bribe when a gun is to your head) to come to the US from germany.  Typical american media rewriting history.

  • Reply 3 of 44
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,452member


    This sort of thing makes the Windows/Android fanatic's brains explode. They can't even begin to wrap their heads around Jobs and Apple being influential, much less important.

  • Reply 4 of 44
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,452member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by matty2431 View Post


    Einstein wasn't american.  In fact, he was bribed (if you can call it a bribe when a gun is to your head) to come to the US from germany.  Typical american media rewriting history.



     


    Einstein became a naturalized American citizen voluntarily.  He came here to be able to continue his work without fear. It's you who need to stop rewriting history.

  • Reply 5 of 44
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,670member
    matty2431 wrote: »
    Einstein wasn't american.  In fact, he was bribed (if you can call it a bribe when a gun is to your head) to come to the US from germany.  Typical american media rewriting history.
    He was born in Germany to German parents. He was Jewish but his parents were non practicing and he attended a Catholic school for some of his childhood. He had more than two citizenships but died in the US, an American citizen. Hard to categorically classify him as one thing and one thing only.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein
  • Reply 6 of 44


    whoops.

  • Reply 7 of 44

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by matty2431 View Post


    Einstein wasn't american.  In fact, he was bribed (if you can call it a bribe when a gun is to your head) to come to the US from germany.  Typical american media rewriting history.



    Alexander Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847 ... just saying.

  • Reply 8 of 44
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member

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    Originally Posted by paxman View Post





    He was born in Germany to German parents. He was Jewish but his parents were non practicing and he attended a Catholic school for some of his childhood. He had more than two citizenships but died in the US, an American citizen. Hard to categorically classify him as one thing and one thing only.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein


     


    If you exclude Einstein then you've really got to exclude Alexander Bell, and possibly James Watson, too.

  • Reply 9 of 44
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    richl wrote: »
    If you exclude Einstein then you've really got to exclude Alexander Bell, and possibly James Watson, too.

    And George Washington - who was born British.
  • Reply 10 of 44
    ufwaufwa Posts: 64member

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    If you exclude Einstein then you've really got to exclude Alexander Bell, and possibly James Watson, too.



     


    Why would you exclude James Watson?


     


    He's was born in Chicago.  Perhaps you were thinking of Francis Crick who is british.

  • Reply 11 of 44
    applegreenapplegreen Posts: 421member


    Steve Jobs - Definitely one of the 20 most influential people in American history.


     


    Not just influential, he was the greatest businessman of the last one hundred years.  To take Apple from a company that was nearly bankrupt to the most valuable in the world is no mean feat.

  • Reply 12 of 44

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    Einstein became a naturalized American citizen voluntarily.  He came here to be able to continue his work without fear. It's you who need to stop rewriting history.



    Furthermore he became an American Citizen at the speed of light and not one picosecond faster.


     


    Jobs made the short list as "Father of the post-PC era." Chairs are being broken and the monkey is dancing in Redmond, BECAUSE this is ONE thing that Microsoft can't copy from Apple, or compete with Apple on.

  • Reply 13 of 44
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member


    Wasn't Time that said Hitler was man of the year as well?  What makes Time such a set in stone list maker on such things.


     


    And if you want to get technical we would say "American" is the whole american continent, US and Canada as well as Mexico.  So I would think Most influential US citizens.

  • Reply 14 of 44
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member

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    Originally Posted by RichL View Post


     


    If you exclude Einstein then you've really got to exclude Alexander Bell, and possibly James Watson, too.



    And if Albert Einstein is included, Edison should be replaced with Nicola Tesla.

  • Reply 15 of 44
    daylove22daylove22 Posts: 215member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tylerk36 View Post


    Wasn't Time that said Hitler was man of the year as well?  What makes Time such a set in stone list maker on such things.


     


    And if you want to get technical we would say "American" is the whole american continent, US and Canada as well as Mexico.  So I would think Most influential US citizens.



    you forgot 3 countries because North America comprised 6 countries..classic American ignorance 

  • Reply 16 of 44
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,379member
    jragosta wrote: »
    And George Washington - who was born British.

    One of the biggest traitors in Britsh history too. Just saying ... /wink or should that be duck?
  • Reply 17 of 44
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,379member
    daylove22 wrote: »
    you forgot 3 countries because North America comprised 6 countries..classic American ignorance 

    That is so misunderstood these days. Blame the America educational system or lack thereof, they may as well redraw the map and make Central America, Mexico through Panama and have done with it.
  • Reply 18 of 44
    bahnhofbahnhof Posts: 1member

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    Mohammed Ali is both the only athlete featured and last living list member.


    Actually James Watson is still alive, he's 84.

  • Reply 19 of 44
    zozmanzozman Posts: 393member

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    Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post


    And if Albert Einstein is included, Edison should be replaced with Nicola Tesla.



     


    You are seriously kidding right?! Tesla was Yugoslav, He is considered a national hero & from what i've read he moved to America for work.

    He should be on a list, just not this one.

  • Reply 20 of 44
    mj4ev3rmj4ev3r Posts: 99member


    How can they forget Benjamin Franklin????

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